Heather Henson

Bible / Band / Choir

/files/Staff Folder/Staff pictures/2010-11/Henson.jpgI have a passion for teaching my students to read, play, sing, and feel music. My prayer is that they will realize that their talents are best used to praise and honor our Lord Jesus! I am the band and choral director at American Christian Academy. This school year I will be teaching 4th and 5th grade general music, beginning band, advanced band, 2nd-4th grade Jubilare!, 5th & 6th grade chorus, a 7th & 8th grade introduction to percussion class, and a 7th grade Bible class. I grew up in Tequesta, Florida and attended The King‟s Academy for grades 1-12. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I was the drum major for two years while at Samford and my principal instrument is the clarinet…that means that if all else fails I could stand on the street corner, put out a hat, and hopefully earn some meal money playing it! I began my teaching career in the Jefferson County School System and served for a short time as interim Assistant Director of Bands at Gardendale High School. I then served as Assistant Director of Bands and Choral Director at Oak Grove High School and Alliance Elementary, then as Director of Bands at Pittman Middle School in Hueytown, Alabama. I was the visual coordinator, drill writer, color guard director, and winter guard director for the Brookwood High School band program for twelve years. I frequently enjoy adjudicating drum majors and color guards around the Southeast at various marching band competitions. I am a member of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and the International Clarinet Association.

Caleigh, Chanley, and Gabriel Henson are the children God has given me to nurture and love above all other students at ACA, for they are my very own!

The gifts that God has given me are the gift of encouragement and the gift of visual design focused around beautiful music…whether that be through dance, interpretive movement, a PowerPoint presentation, or my personal favorite…conducting! I love to SEE or create beauty and HEAR beautiful music simultaneously! I also enjoy swimming, walking, reading, fashion, and rolling my car windows down when I am alone and singing loudly while doing the airplane with my arm in the wind.